Sunday, 18 September 2016

Communist Party (Maoist-Centre) fighter Rakam Hinamina

Posted by Anup Baral | September 18, 2016 :
A new republican constitution is still a source of rancour for southern plains people who mounted a five-month border blockade that ended earlier this year. The country's last government said the fuel and trade embargo had the tacit backing of India - a charge New Delhi has denied. Prachanda said that, on his four-day trip starting on Thursday, the two sides would discuss the railway line stretching from Mechi in east Nepal to Mahakali in the west that India will help build.

An Indian railway official said the project that runs parallel to Nepal's 1,030 km (640-mile) east-west highway has been talked about in the past, but that the two countries are now discussing financial terms. "The plan is to push forward immediately with this project. It's a big development project," said the official involved in preparations for the visit. The mountainous country has only one short rail line from Jaynagar on the Indian border to Janakpur. Another possible project, Prachanda said, was a hydro-electric power plant that could be built with Indian grant aid.

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